Job Searching During a Pandemic: How-to Guide

Job Searching During a Pandemic: How-to Guide

At UpGlo, we are encouraging our immigrant and refugee professional job seekers to keep going despite a slowing economy. The most secure jobs right now are in the professional sphere, and companies are still hiring. But where does one start? This guide from our Employment Team can help point you in the right direction.

Get the job search support you need.

Job searching can be difficult to do alone, especially now. If you are an immigrant or refugee professional and you would like assistance navigating the U.S. job market, successfully applying for jobs, and connecting with elite employers, consider joining Upwardly Global’s free job search program. If you do not qualify for our full program, sign up for our online short courses and peruse our free resource library.

Job Search Program for Immigrant and Refugee Professionals

Online Short Courses for the Public

Jobversity Resource Library

Take care of your basic needs.

Securing your finances, housing, food, and other basic needs is essential to your job search. Take control of your needs using our comprehensive guide, which includes information on immigrant eligibility for important public programs.

Upwardly Global’s COVID-19 Emergency Services Guide 

Set up your workspace.

Set up a quiet, dedicated workspace in your home, if possible, with strong internet access and the office accessories you need to make your work go smoothly. 

Low-Cost Internet and Computers

Everything You Need to Work From Home, According to People Who Do It Every Day

Have a plan of attack.

Set aside dedicated time for working with minimal distractions. You may want to organize your job search using a common productivity method and/or a Kanban-style app to keep track of your tasks.

5 Tips for Working From Home

How to Work from Home when Your Kids are Home, Too

Common Productivity Methods 

The Best Kanban Apps

Stay informed.

How is your industry adapting to economic change? Where is the demand and the slowdown? Knowing the answers can help make you smarter about your job search and better at selling yourself to employers. The best way to stay informed is to read widely, join online conversations, and follow industry leaders on LinkedIn.

The Top 50 Business News Websites to Follow in 2020

The Top 50 Consumer Magazines

Trade Publications by Industry

The 50 Best Blogs in the World

50 Great People to Follow on LinkedIn, No Matter Your Industry

Find and Join a LinkedIn Group

750 Popular Subreddits by Industry

Know who’s hiring.

More than just knowing broader industry trends, hunt for the companies that are hiring. Chances are, demand for new hires has merely shifted and not gone away in your industry.

Companies and Jobs Hiring During Coronavirus

A Master List of Companies that are Hiring

LinkedIn: Here’s Who’s Hiring Right Now

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33 Companies Eager to Hire Amid COVID-19

Remote Job Opportunities at FlexJobs

COVID-19: Job Market Insights & Job Search Strategies from Experts

Who’s Doing Hiring Freezes Due to Coronavirus

Improve your LinkedIn.

Your LinkedIn profile is more important now than ever. LinkedIn has experienced record levels of engagement since the pandemic, and with 690 million active users it is the best way you can connect with other professionals and recruiters while at home. Update your photo, strengthen your headline and summary, update your work experience, and start connecting.

The Benefits of Using LinkedIn for Your Career

20 Steps to a Better LinkedIn Profile

Rock Your LinkedIn Profile

15-Day LinkedIn Challenge

Get really good at virtual conferencing.

Much of hiring and work is now online with the aid of major teleconferencing apps. Get comfortable with the most common ones, learn good video etiquette, and master the virtual interview.

The 10 Best Video Meeting Apps

5 Things to Avoid When Video Conferencing from Home

9 Tips for Mastering Your Next Virtual Interview

How to Make a Good Impression in a Virtual Job Interview

Master the Telephone Interview Online Course

Wear Pants — and Other Tips to Prepare for a Virtual Interview or Job Fair

Keep networking, remotely.

Networking is crucial to your professional development and still possible while working from home. Stay in touch with existing contacts on LinkedIn or through the desired channel, attend virtual job fairs and networking events, and set up informational interviews with new connections. If you are an Upwardly Global job seeker, take advantage of our many virtual networking events and informational interview opportunities.

10 Reasons Why Networking is Essential for Your Career

4 Ways to Keep Networking While Social Distancing

How to Keep Networking Even When You’re Quarantined

Build your hard skills.

It is important to work on your technical skills while job hunting. Take online classes, volunteer, or do contract and gig work to show future employers that you are making the best of your downtime. If you are an UpGlo job seeker, ask your job coach about our low and no-cost technical training opportunities.

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9 Tips for Taking Online Courses While Working Full-Time

14 Best Sites for Taking Online Classes That’ll Boost Your Skills

Free Online Ivy League Courses

Volunteer Your Talents for a Good Cause

Volunteer Roles for Scientists, Doctors, and Engineers

Best Websites for Remote Work and Side Gigs

Keep applying.

Yes, companies are still hiring. Here are some tips you may find useful:

  • Listed positions may not actually be open right now. Reach out to recruiters for more information.
  • If you get an interview, ask how long the process is/what you can expect and what software the company uses. Run a test call on their chosen platform before the interview. Do NOT accept an in-person interview if it feels unsafe or goes against local shelter-in-place rules.
  • During your interview, ask: How has COVID-19 impacted strategic business and hiring goals? What is the work-from-home mandate like at this company? In what ways is this company supporting its workers during this time? How would you describe the culture and feel of the office during normal times?
  • If you get hired, ask about their onboarding timetable and what it involves.
Be patient!

Many companies are adapting to the pandemic and economic slowdown, which means they may have stopped hiring for some roles or even rescinded job offers. HR departments are also in the process of adapting to online hiring, which means interviewing and onboarding may be going slower than usual. The best approach is to remain cordial, understanding, and communicative with recruiters and hiring managers.  

Rescinded Offers and Hiring Freezes: Tips for Job Seekers

For more information about this guide or Upwardly Global services, contact Tim Workman at outreach@upwardlyglobal.orgThis guide will be updated as new resources come to our attention.

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